In this week's edition of The Press, we talk to campaigners in Thornhill who say they are willing to join forces in order to create a permanent memorial to the victims of a mining disaster – but only if it's in the village.

It was announced last week that community group Dewsbury Forward want to build a lasting tribute in memory of 139 men and boys who lost their lives after an underground explosion at the Combs Colliery in Thornhill in 1893.

But their plans to erect it in Dewsbury town centre have attracted criticism from people who believe it needs to be in the village where the pit stood and 110 of the dead miners are buried.

We've also got news that two teenagers charged with the murder of a Birstall man will face a trial later this year.

Kiyran Earnshaw, 18, of Field Lane in Batley, and a 15-year-old boy from Huddersfield who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday following the death of Robert Wilson.

Read Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin's ringing endorsement for Labour leader hopeful Sir Keir Starmer after he visited the town last week, plus we talk to a man who saved an OAP's life after he'd jumped in the River Calder.

A contractor has been appointed to build the new £15million Spen Valley Leisure Centre, and meet four Ravensthorpe residents who are doing their bit to make the area a nicer place.

In sport, Batley Bulldogs look set to be boosted by a familiar face, with Tom Lillycrop returning to training with the club.

It gives them a lift going into their final pre-season game this Sunday against Huddersfield Giants.

For Dewsbury Rams, Lee Greenwood says he is pleased to have positive selection headaches following Dewsbury Rams' victory over Bradford Bulls in their last pre-season friendly last weekend.

Read both his and Batley boss Craig Lingard's views as they carry on preparations for the start of the Championship season next week, plus we've got all the action from last weekend's games.

Meanwhile, Cleckheaton recorded their sixth win in a row to consolidate second spot in the North One East table, while Mirfield Stags also top their table in amateur rugby league.

As always we have a comprehensive round-up of the district's sport, and resident tipster Mike Smith gives his thoughts on Cheltenham this weekend.

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